Xbox One And Oculus Rift Could Be A Perfect Combo But Here’s Why You Might …

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

John Carmack personally ported Minecraft to VR: “It’s the single most important application that we can do”.

Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe announced on Thursday at Facebook’s FB Oculus Connect 2 Developers Conference that the app was coming to Rift headset, the commercial launch of which is due in early 2016.It seems that the recent release of the Netflix app for Samsung Gear VR, in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus, hasn’t pulled the stock up from its month-long misery.

The father of first-person gaming believes that Minecraft is the “single most important application that we can do for virtual reality”, and has spent the last year and a half personally making it happen. Early on in its keynote the company confirmed that popular video streaming service Netflix would be coming to its Gear VR mobile HMD, made in partnership with Samsung. In other words, it will be possible to simulate a full theatre experience for shows such as House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black from the comfort of your sofa. Though it is still in its early stages, virtual reality is seen as the next big thing in technology, and announcements by Hulu, Amazon and Vimeo that they plan to release apps for the Oculus suggest isn’t all hype.

We already know what happened next: Notch was invited to Oculus, chatted to Carmack about “geeky programmer” stuff, and provisionally agreed to a Minecraft port. According to Oculus CTO, John Carmack, the VR company has recently disclosed its intentions to pitch this tech into movies and entertainment, from traditional video games and such. Of course, anyone that watched the keynote will know that it was actually Head of Mobile Max Cohen that confirmed Netflix was releasing on Gear VR, and the article itself makes no mention of if Iribe’s supposed comment was made directly to the publication, nor does it mention the Gear VR version of the software. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews penned an op-ed at Billboard on the cost of “free” music, the role of discovery and the future of the subscription vs. ad-supported model.

This could be a simple mistake, then, but even if that is the case it’s not hard to imagine Netflix transitioning from Gear VR to Oculus Rift and perhaps other HMDs in the future. Carmack, however, wouldn’t stop calling Mojang. “I would just drive home this case about, ‘Look, we don’t want to ask anything from you, just let me try to build this and if you think it’s cool we’ll figure out what we want to do from there. I am so confident that it’ll be cool that I’ll agree to just about anything here’.” “This is terrible, they own everything you do, there’s no recourse any of this will happen,” they said, according to Carmack. “John, you’re basically working for Microsoft when you’re working on this.” He ploughed ahead anyway, tackling performance and anti-aliasing problems and playing “more hours of Minecraft in Gear VR than probably all the other Gear VR games that I’ve played put together”. “It was really, really down to the wire,” said Carmack. “On the phone I said, ‘If this doesn’t happen I’m going to cry. Oculus VR always announced partnerships with several studios such as 20th Century Fox that will see it bring a number of movies to its device that can also be viewed within virtual cinemas. It will involve placing the latest Samsung smartphone including Galaxy S6 and its variants along with Galaxy Note 5, into it; taking advantage of their superior Super AMOLED displays.

It’s part of this infinite playability that we’re currently lacking in our current set of titles. “Everyone has memories of playing games, but I have memories about actually being inside [Minecraft] – about coming up to a shoreline or being lost deep underground, low on supplies, and that sense of being there. With global rollout of Netflix scheduled over next couple of years, more original content in the pipeline, and the move into the virtual reality segment, one would expect its stock to reflect in the same way.

As far as my brain’s concerned, that was something that happened to me – I was there.” Last year, VP of product Nate Mitchell said that the Oculus Rift will cost somewhere between $200 and $400. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

The longer you wait, the more you’re like, ‘This is obnoxious’.” The consumer release will incorporate the headset, its sensor, and an Xbox One controller.

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